Magic’s Markelle Fultz fractures big left toe, won’t require surgery – The Denver Post


Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz suffered a fracture in his big left toe, a league source told the Orlando Sentinel Sunday.

The Magic confirmed Fultz’s injury.

Fultz broke the toe during a preseason workout before returning to Orlando and imaging confirmed the fracture.

His left foot is in a walking boot and his return to play will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation and treatment.

Surgery won’t be required but Fultz will likely miss training camp, which tips off Tuesday at the Magic’s new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center. Broken toes typically heal well within four to six weeks, according to the Mayo Clinic.

There’s a chance Fultz, who was expected to be a starter in the backcourt, could miss part of the regular season because of the injury, with the Magic’s season opener against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 19 — 3½ weeks away.

Fultz missed most of the 2021-22 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that he suffered in January 2021.

After a 14-month absence, he returned to the floor in a home win over the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 28 and averaged 10.8 points (47.4% shooting), 5.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 20 minutes (18 games).

Fultz joins Gary Harris and Jonathan Isaac as Magic player whose status is uncertain entering the season.

Isaac’s missed the last two seasons after tearing his left ACL in the bubble on Aug. 2, 2020, after the league returned from a four-month hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He had a setback when he suffered a right hamstring injury that required surgery during his March 15 rehab session — a couple of hours after the team announced he’d miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

Harris, who signed a 2-year, $26 million contract extension to return to Orlando before free agency officially started July 1, had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 31 to perform a meniscectomy in his left knee after tearing cartilage.

Multiple surgeons told the Sentinel it can take up to two months for an athlete to return from the injury and procedure Harris had. A 6-8 week recovery period would give him a tentative return timeframe for mid-to-late October.

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